The taxi has become the iconic method of transportation for New York, so much so that an aerial view of New York appears to be a sea of yellow due to the thousands of taxis on the streets. With so many taxis, accidents are not an uncommon occurrence. Most accidents are minor, but some result in serious injuries and fatalities.
The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) keeps track of crashes involving their licensed drivers that result in critical and fatal injuries each year. According to data from the TLC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were about 30 critical or fatal injury crashes per 100,000 TLC-licensed cabs, compared to just 10 crashes per 100,000 registered passenger cars across the country. This means that you are statistically more likely to be in a serious wreck when you step into the back of a cab than a non-commercial vehicle.
If you have been involved in an accident with a taxi in the Bronx, you should be aware of your rights and legal protections. Talk with an experience taxi cab accident attorney to evaluate your case as soon as possible.
The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission regulates the operation of taxis. They require that drivers are trained to drive safely and be courteous at all times. They also provide safety measures for riders, including seat belts for all occupants, and ban driver cellphone use while driving unless a hands-free system is being used.
Unfortunately, the TLC does not revoke taxi licenses for drivers who have caused fatal accidents, in spite of all their regulations to keep New Yorkers and tourists alike safe while hiring a ride. As long as drivers have not been charged with a crime related to the accident, they can return to driving other passengers immediately.
Some of the most common reasons for taxi accidents are:
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious taxi cab accident, speaking with a knowledgeable auto accidents attorney who is familiar with personal injury cases and NY laws can help you determine whether you should pursue damages to cover your medical expenses and any wages you lost if you had to miss work because of your injuries.
If you have been injured in a taxi accident, you need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced taxi accident attorneys in the Bronx, NY, who will determine the responsible party and help you get the full compensation you deserve. Attorney Reuven Epstein has been handling taxi cab and other auto accidents claims in the Bronx and the greater NYC area for over 33 years; he works tirelessly to secure his clients the resources they need to recover from the physical, financial, and mental burden they’ve suffered.
At the Law Office of Reuven Epstein, we handle each and every case with compassion and understanding for what victims of taxi cab accidents have gone through due to their driver’s negligence. We feel strongly about advocating for the rights of injured people and have built a reputation for mounting unyielding opposition to the taxi cab driver and their company that wronged them.
Call (845) 208-2444 for a free consultation with the Law Office of Reuven Epstein.
Ridesharing apps like Lyft, Uber, and Via are impossible to miss in NYC. Within the last five years, they have become an integral part of everyday life in the city. Taking an Uber, Lyft, or Via wherever you have to go, whenever you have to go there has become as much a part of NYC as riding the subway or paying too much money for rent.
However, like all other drivers, rideshare drivers are not immune from accidents. Inevitably, some of these accidents will happen while there are passengers in the car.
The answer depends on a few factors. Except for very few cases where a passenger contributes to the accident (like when a passenger is distracting or physically impeding the driver from being able to drive), the passenger in these situations is always innocent of fault in the accident. New York legal framework has something called “comparative negligence” when it comes to accidents. What this means for a passenger in a rideshare accident is that you can potentially recover damages or compensation from anyone and everyone who contributed to your accident/injury.
Under these comparative negligence laws, a passenger may be able to recover damages from one or multiple parties, if you can prove that they had a hand in causing the accident or your injury. These include, but are not limited to:
Seeking damages from individual rideshare drivers can be potentially complicated. In New York, these drivers are classified as independent contractors. This means that the rideshare company cannot be held personally responsible for accidents their drivers were involved in. Rideshare drivers, like all New York drivers, are required to have at least some insurance coverage of their own, and you may be able to pursue damages that way. However, if the driver is under-insured (as is statistically likely), you aren’t going to be able to collect very much in damages from them at all.
However, most rideshare companies do have insurance policies that protect their drivers and some injured passengers, in limited circumstances. If you were injured in a rideshare accident, you may pursue damages under the terms of those policies.
Different rideshare companies have different insurance policies, but let’s take Lyft as an example here. Whether or not you can seek damages under Lyft’s insurance policies depends on two factors: the extent of your injuries, and how the Lyft driver was using the app at the time of the accident.
Lyft’s policies are as follows:
Lyft’s insurance is also still considered “secondary coverage”, meaning you are also required to look into the driver and their insurance provider before filing a claim with Lyft.
If you were injured in a Lyft or any other rideshare, your injuries are just as debilitating as they would have been in any other type of car crash. Your medical bills are just as high, your pain and suffering are just as extensive, and your loss of wages is just as severe as if you were injured by no fault of your own in any other sort of car accident. As such, you should be entitled to the same sorts of damages that any other car crash survivor would be entitled to.
At the Law Office of Reuven Epstein, we can help you claim your rightful damages. Attorney Epstein is a dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced advocate for crash survivors seeking damages they are rightfully entitled to. He will fight on your behalf with tenacity and skill to get you’re the best results possible. Are you in Spring Valley, New York? Are you ready to claim your damages and start moving on with your life? Reuven Epstein is ready to help. Call (845) 208-2444 for a free consultation today.